Karen Bass, U.S. Representative, 37th District:
"I am saddened and outraged by the verdict reached in the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old teenager who's only crime was walking home on a rainy night.
"In our sadness we must not forget the fight for justice doesn't end with this verdict and it is my sincere hope that the Martin family will explore civil penalties to help bring some closure to the senseless murder of their son.
"We cannot be silent when a young teenager is needlessly profiled, harassed and gunned down by individuals who choose to take law enforcement into their own hands."
Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator:
"I respect the fact that the jury has spoken in the state of Florida v. George Zimmerman case, but I don't think this should be the last word. I fully agree with the decision of the Justice Department to review the facts of this case to determine whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated.
"Trayvon Martin's death was a tragedy and has raised many sensitive and important issues. We should explore every avenue in an effort to ensure that something like this never happens again."
Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative, 43rd District:
"I am disappointed with the verdict in the state of Florida vs. George Zimmerman case. My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin's parents and the struggle that they have endured in an attempt to achieve justice for their son. Like many across the country, I do not believe that justice has been served. I join the NAACP and many others in urging the Department of Justice to review the case and determine whether criminal civil rights charges can be pursued."